- 4 years ago
- Wedding: August 2013
I need some help with a videography/photography decision…sorry this is so long! For background, our ceremony is at 2, cocktail hour at 5:30, and dinner at 6:30. Getting ready, ceremony, and reception will be in the same hotel. We have currently set aside time from around 3:15-5:45ish for photos with immediate family, bridal party, and then just us at a location away from the venue.
I have a photographer (+second shooter) for getting ready, ceremony, and formals ($3000). Her price is on the high side for my area, but her portraits/formals are gorgeous. I have been thinking about moving up to her next package (includes reception for $3750) as long as other areas of the budget continue on track. I am not sure I need a photographer at the reception but want to make sure they capture all the DIY details I have prepared. She said they could likely find time to cover the reception set-up before the ceremony (they’re at the same location). But I am still worried about things being rushed and something being missed, or something not being set up early enough (e.g., cupcake table).
I have also been longing to have videography. I found a great last-minute deal for a relatively new company: $600 for two videographers, edited video of the ceremony, interviews with the couple, and romantic shots (2 hours of filming). Or for another $500 ($1100 total), we can have coverage of the entire day and would receive the full ceremony video, a 60-120 min film including speeches, first dance, etc., and a highlight video.
Which combo would you choose?
1 – Photography for whole day; videography for ceremony only (Total: $4350)
Pros: Would not have to worry about having photographers capture reception details, as they would attend the full reception. Cons: Would have photos of speeches, first dance, etc., but no video which would better capture these events. Also, as per the package, we’d have to do interviews and shots for the videographer at the ceremony site right after the ceremony. It’s not a picturesque space (indoors at hotel, nothing too scenic immediately outside), and I would be concerned about taking an hour of time set aside for formals/portraits, which are extremely important to me. Perhaps we could do less than an hour of interviews and romantic shots (at least we’d have the ceremony on video), as I would rather have more time for formals during this break.
2 – Photographers for getting ready, ceremony and formals; videography for whole day ($4100)
Pros: Would have speeches, first dance, etc. on video. While I care about photos of my reception details now, these may be less important over time and videos of reception events and the people involved more precious…? Also, taking photos of the reception space before and after the ceremony might be the best, as things get used and moved around as guests arrive and get comfortable. Another pro: we would not have to rush to do video right after the ceremony, as they could film us throughout the day and in more picturesque areas. Cons: Might be stressed about photogs covering shots of reception details, particularly things that might not be set up until closer to cocktail hour. Perhaps we could take 30 minutes to do these pics right after the ceremony and before heading out for formals, and be sure to have all vendors in place by then (the cupcake table might be all I am worried about).
3 – Photography and Videography for whole day ($4850)
Pros: We would not have to worry about what is being covered that day. Cons: While we can afford it (my parents are generously paying for most of the wedding, so FI and I could use our own money), this seems like a ton to spend on photos/video and adds to our overall budget (as well as my guilt over the cost of the wedding). It also seems like a lot of people to be following us around all day (2 photogs, 2 videogs).
What do you think?